Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winter Storm Watch in effect tonight through Friday morning for Stokes, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin Counties
Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast: Today: Sunny skies…High 35.    A Wintry Mix will start early tomorrow morning, first in the Foothills and spreading through the Triad by mid-morning…High 35.

RECALL: If you own a 2010 or 2011 Dodge Ram 2500 or 3500 with a diesel engine, you won't like this news: Dodge is recalling some 76,000 trucks for a defective power steering reservoir cap.  http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/daily-news/101215-Dodge-Recalling-76-000-Ram-Trucks/

High Point City Council member Mike Pugh is trying to bring Jesus back as a permanent fixture during prayers at open meetings. The term Jesus has not been used during open council meetings since 2007, when the ACLU contacted the city and addressed concerns. In response, the city voted on a prayer in which references to God are allowed but no other specific deities can be mentioned. Pugh contacted the Rutherford Institute, a non-profit organization that defends religious and civil liberties. The institute said it is not illegal to mention Jesus Christ during prayer.  http://www.myfox8.com/news/wghp-story-council-jesus-101214,0,259856.story

THE U.S. SENATE IS SET TO VOTE ON EXTENDING BUSH-ERA TAX CUTS TODAY. The bill would also extend unemployment benefits for 13 months.  If the measure passes the Senate it will then move on to the House. RnR

CONSUMERS APPEAR TO BE SPENDING MORE AS THE LATEST REPORT SHOWS RETAIL SALES HIGHER THAN EXPECTED IN NOVEMBER. The Commerce Department is reporting that last month was the best month the retail sector has seen in two years. Economists continue to warn that the high unemployment and lower pay may not be able to sustain the growth beyond the Christmas shopping season. RnR

Warning: The cough capsule medication Tessalon (benzonatate), which has a candy-like appearance, can result in serious side effects and even death if swallowed by children younger than 10 years old. Tessalon was approved by the FDA to treat coughs in patients older than 10. Consumers and health-care professionals are urged to report adverse side effects or medication errors from the use of Tessalon to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program at www.fda.gov/MedWatch or call 1-800-332-1088.

A NEW STUDY FINDS THAT GOING TO CHURCH REGULARLY AND HAVING GOOD FRIENDS AT CHURCH ARE TWO KEYS TO A HAPPIER LIFE. The study reveals that 33% of people who attend church every week and have between three and five close friends are extremely satisfied with their lives. The study was released in the December issue of the American Sociological Review. RnR

A NEW SURVEY LISTS THE BEST BIG COMPANIES TO WORK FOR -- AND THE WINNER IS A VERY FAMILIAR NAME. According to the survey by the career website Glassdoor, the best place to work is Facebook. Following Facebook is last year's winner, Southwest Airlines. The survey considered such factors as compensation and satisfaction, employee morale and work-life balance. RnR

A BATTLE OVER BELIEF AND NON-BELIEF IS EVIDENT ON THE SIDES OF BUSES IN FORT WORTH. It all started when an atheist group purchased advertising on the side of buses in the Fort Worth Transportation Authority. Slogans on the bus ads include statements such as "Millions of people are Good without God". The response from the Bible-believing community has been strong and verbal with ads taken out on a truck that follows the bus around with a message that reads: "I still love you, God" and "2.1 billion Christians are good with God". So far, there has not been the violence in Fort Worth that has been evident in other cities.

A ROUTINE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING IN FLORIDA TURNED INTO HOSTAGE SITUATION ON TUESDAY. As the Bay District School Board meeting in Panama City was winding down a man attending the meeting went to the podium, apparently to make a comment. Instead, he pulled out a small caliber handgun. The News Herald newspaper of Panama City reports the man fired at several people but didn't hit anyone. He eventually took his own life. RnR

Sports: Bowl ‘name change’. Meineke Car Care Bowl will become the Belk Bowl next year